Head of People & Culture

New York, United States · Management expand job description ↓


Local Projects is seeking a People & Culture generalist with strong recruiting skills who will work with the Studio’s Principal and Directors to recruit, motivate, and guide some of the top creative talent in the city as they produce cutting-edge exhibits and media projects all over the world.

This is a fast paced, creative and tight-knit company, with many opportunities to shape and drive culture. Your role would require day-to-day engagement and communication with all departments and employees within the studio.


Responsibilities for the Head of People & Culture:

Should have strong HR experience working in agency environments

Proven track record of strategically driving a positive and productive overall company culture

Remain highly empathic to individuals – understand their core needs and hopes and help them focus their passions in concert with Local Project's (LP’s) vision, mission and goals

Employee Relations experience – keeping an ear to the ground regarding performance concerns, working with leadership to immediately address

Work with Team Leaders effectively – mentor and support leadership in becoming ever stronger leaders.

Continue to improve performance review process, ensuring that feedback is direct and useful, and that each employee has a useful 90 day and annual review to set goals for their time at LP

Help to iteratively improve effective team structures for the studio

Work closely with rest of Operations team on Overall Company Employee Initiatives, Employee Awards, and other efforts to sustain LP's vibrant company culture

Work with recruiting agencies and portals to attract best candidates for Local Projects and to complete all steps in interviewing & onboarding

Lead on all HR stakeholder vendor relationships – Immigration, Employment Law, Benefits, Learning & Development, etc.

Ongoing HR counsel for employees and for managers, including working to set career paths in alignment with employee passions and LP’s needs

Handling terminations – documentation, benefits overview, exit interview

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Legal Compliance – Federal, State, Department of Labor

Insurance Compliance


•5 years experience in Human Resources, at least one in an agency environment

•Strong business and personal ethics

•Experience in a faced-paced creative/production environment

•Genuinely enjoy people as an overall team and as individuals

•Natural ease in fostering positive relationships with employees of different experience levels, diverse backgrounds and nationalities, and across all design disciplines

Our studio demands a very special individual, who can shadow the creative process to understand the unique roles and collaboration approach required for the creation of media. The exhibition and experience design work goes across several platforms from custom software installations to architecture and full permanent museum exhibitions. We look forward to receiving your Cover Letter and Resume.

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Have you been at the HR Manager level or higher for at least 4 years?
Have you worked in an agency environment with creative teams that produce client work?
Do you have at least 2 years of experience recruiting, interviewing, and working with managers to do selection of candidates?